Upfronts 2012: NeNe Leakes, Anthony Anderson, and More Gains for Black Actors

Guys With Kids. The affable Anthony Anderson joins fellow immature thirtysomething guys (Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger,) who enjoy the adventures of parenting. Tempestt Bledsoe also appears alongside Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Courtney Henggeler and guest star Sara Rue on NBC.


The upfronts, where the major studio networks shop for their upcoming seasonal shows, selected several programs that feature actors of color in leading or recurring roles. Take a look.

Upfronts: ABC

How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life Actor Orlando Jones has a primary role in this series about a divorced single mom moves home with her eccentric parents. Other cast members: Sarah Chalke, Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins, Orlando Jones, John Dore, Rachel Eggleston, and Rebecca Delgado Smith.

666 Park Ave. Vanessa Williams co-star as one of the souls who experience supernatural happenings in the building. Based on the book by Gabriella Pierce. Other cast members: Terry O’Quinn, Dave Annable, Rachael Taylor, Mercedes Masohn (second position to Fox’s The Finder), Robert Buckley, Helena Mattsson, and Erik Palladino.

Last Resort Andre Braugher leads the crew of rogue but noble U.S. nuclear submarine who they declare themselves to be the world’s smallest nuclear nation. Other cast members: Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram Daniel Lissing, Camille de Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujau, Dichen Lachman, Omid Abtahi (recurring), Matt Gerald (recurring), Bruce Davison (recurring), Robert Patrick, and Max Adler.

Red Widow (previously Penoza) An assassinated criminal’s widow (Radha Mitchell) must continue her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Cast members: Radha Mitchell, Lee Tergesen, Luke Goss, Rade Sherbedzija, Wil Traval, Suleka Mathew, Jaime Ray Newman, Sterling Beaumon, Jakob Salvati, Erin Moriarty, Anson Mount (guest star), and Mido Hamada. Zero Hour Carmen Ejogo joins Anthony Edwards as they face “one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.” Cast members include: Michael Nyqvist, Scott Michael Foster, Addison Timlin, and Jacinda Barrett.

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Zondra Hughes

Deputy Editor, Rolling Out

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